Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | March 27 – April 2

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of March 27 – April 2. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

Immortal Reign by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #6)

Published by Razorbill

December 12th 2017

Immortal ReignAs two lethal elemental gods set out to destroy Mytica, sworn enemies must become allies in the final fight to save the kingdoms.

Jonas continues to willfully defy his destiny, but the consequences of plotting his own course are drastic. As the fight for Mytica rages on, he must decide just how much more he’s willing to sacrifice.

Lucia knows there’s something special about her daughter and she’ll do anything to protect her, even if that means facing Kyan alone.

Amara is called back home to Kraeshia. Grandma Cortas has her own plans for Mytica’s future. She promises Amara power, revenge, and dominance if she agrees to be part of her scheme.

Magnus and Cleo‘s love will be put to the ultimate test. Dark magic is causing widespread destruction throughout the kingdom. Enemies across the sea are advancing. And unrest is stirring throughout the land. Is their love strong enough to withstand the outside forces tearing them apart?

The Dazzling Heights by Katherine McGee (The Thousandth Floor #2)

Published by HarperCollins

August 29th 2017

The Dazzling HeightsNew York, 2118. Manhattan is home to a thousand-story supertower, a breathtaking marvel that touches the sky. But amidst high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, five teenagers are keeping dangerous secrets…

LEDA is haunted by memories of what happened on the worst night of her life. She’ll do anything to make sure the truth stays hidden–even if it means trusting her enemy.

WATT just wants to put everything behind him…until Leda forces him to start hacking again. Will he do what it takes to be free of her for good?

When RYLIN wins a scholarship to an upper-floor school, her life transforms overnight. But being there means seeing the boy whose heart she broke, and who broke hers in return.

AVERY is tormented by her love for the one person in the world she can never have. She’s desperate to be with him… no matter the cost.

And then there’s CALLIOPE, the mysterious, bohemian beauty who arrives in New York, determined to cause a stir. And she knows exactly where to begin.

But unbeknownst to them all, someone is watching their every move, someone with revenge in mind. And in a world of such dazzling heights, just one wrong step can mean a devastating fall.

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi

Published by Razorbill

September 5th 2017

Beasts Made of NightIn the walled city of Kos, corrupt mages can magically call forth sin from a sinner in the form of sin-beasts – lethal creatures spawned from feelings of guilt.

Taj is the most talented of the aki, young sin-eaters indentured by the mages to slay the sin-beasts. But Taj’s livelihood comes at a terrible cost. When he kills a sin-beast, a tattoo of the beast appears on his skin while the guilt of committing the sin appears on his mind. Most aki are driven mad by the process, but 17-year-old Taj is cocky and desperate to provide for his family.

When Taj is called to eat a sin of a royal, he’s suddenly thrust into the center of a dark conspiracy to destroy Kos. Now Taj must fight to save the princess that he loves – and his own life.

The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

Published by Sky Pony Press

February 6th 2018

The Unbinding of Mary ReadeThere’s no place for a girl in Mary’s world. Not in the home of her mother, desperately drunk and poor. Not in the household of her wealthy aunt, where a girl could never be named an heir. And certainly not in the arms of Nat, her childhood love who never knew her for who she was. As a hired sailor aboard a Caribbean merchant ship, Mary’s profession―and her safety―depend on her ability to disguise the fact that she’s a girl.

Leastways, that’s what she thinks is true. But then pirates attack the ship, and right in the middle of the swashbuckling crowd of bloodthirsty pirates, Mary spots something she never could have imagined: a girl pirate. The sight of a girl standing unafraid upon the deck, gun and sword in hand, changes everything. In a split-second decision, Mary turns her gun on her own captain and earns herself a spot among the pirates’ crew.

For the first time, Mary has a shot at freedom. But imagining living life as her true self is easier, it seems, than actually doing it. And when Mary finds herself falling for the captain’s mistress, she risks everything―her childhood love, her place among the crew, and even her life.

CONTEMPORARY

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

September 12th 2017

AutoboyographyThree years ago, Tanner Scott’s family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go, and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah.

But when his best friend Autumn dares him to take Provo High’s prestigious Seminar—where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester—Tanner can’t resist going against his better judgment and having a go, if only to prove to Autumn how silly the whole thing is. Writing a book in four months sounds simple. Four months is an eternity.

It turns out, Tanner is only partly right: four months is a long time. After all, it takes only one second for him to notice Sebastian Brother, the Mormon prodigy who sold his own Seminar novel the year before and who now mentors the class. And it takes less than a month for Tanner to fall completely in love with him.

The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb

Published by Clarion Books

February 27th 2018

The Calculus of ChangeAden isn’t looking for love in her senior year. She’s much more focused on things like getting a solo gig at Ike’s and keeping her brother from illegal herbal recreation. But when Tate walks into Calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, Aden’s heart is gone in an instant.

The two are swept up in a tantalizingly warm friendship, complete with long drives with epic soundtracks and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom and her mom’s faith than she has since her mother died years ago. Everyone else even Aden’s brother and her best friend can see their connection, but does Tate?

Navigating uncertain romance and the crises of those she loves, Aden must decide how she chooses to see herself and how to honor her mom s memory.”

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

The Wishing Heart by J.C. Welker

Noah Can’t Even by Simon James Green

Welcome Home by Eric Smith & Others

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins


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April 2017 Releases

ANTICIPATED RELEASES

Hey guys!

Every month I post the books that I’m most excited about that are going to be released. For April I’m bringing you seven exciting releases. Let’s check them out:


Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Defy the StarsNoemi Vidal is a teen soldier from the planet Genesis, once a colony of Earth that’s now at war for its independence. The humans of Genesis have fought Earth’s robotic “mech” armies for decades with no end in sight.

After a surprise attack, Noemi finds herself stranded in space on an abandoned ship where she meets Abel, the most sophisticated mech prototype ever made. One who should be her enemy. But Abel’s programming forces him to obey Noemi as his commander, which means he has to help her save Genesis–even though her plan to win the war will kill him.

Together they embark on a daring voyage through the galaxy. Before long, Noemi begins to realize Abel may be more than a machine, and, for his part, Abel’s devotion to Noemi is no longer just a matter of programming.

Shadowcaster by Cinda Williams Chima

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

ShadowcasterAlyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne.

Across enemy lines in Arden, young rising star Captain Halston Matelon has been fighting for his king since he was a lýtling. Lately, though, he finds himself sent on ever more dangerous assignments. Between the terrifying rumors of witches and wolfish warriors to the north and his cruel king at home, Hal is caught in an impossible game of life and death.

Letters to the Lost Brigid Kemmerer

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

Letters to the LostJuliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Blacklist by Alyson Noel

Release Date: April 4th, 2017

BlacklistLayla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub.

But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would be because they’re entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera.
Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster’s looming murder trial is so huge even her parents’ lawyer can’t save her, Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person Madison saw alive, and Layla’s ex Mateo finds himself lured into the fold.
You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, and Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they’ll find that some secrets are best kept in the grave.

Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Spindle FireIt all started with the burning of the spindles.
No.
It all started with a curse…

Half sisters Isabelle and Aurora are polar opposites: Isabelle is the king’s headstrong illegitimate daughter, whose sight was tithed by faeries; Aurora, beautiful and sheltered, was tithed her sense of touch and her voice on the same day. Despite their differences, the sisters have always been extremely close.

And then everything changes, with a single drop of Aurora’s blood–and a sleep so deep it cannot be broken.

As the faerie queen and her army of Vultures prepare to march, Isabelle must race to find a prince who can awaken her sister with the kiss of true love and seal their two kingdoms in an alliance against the queen.

Isabelle crosses land and sea; unearthly, thorny vines rise up the palace walls; and whispers of revolt travel in the ashes on the wind. The kingdom falls to ruin under layers of snow. Meanwhile, Aurora wakes up in a strange and enchanted world, where a mysterious hunter may be the secret to her escape . . . or the reason for her to stay.

Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

Given to the SeaKhosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance – an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy – she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra – fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before – are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land – and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

Release Date: April 11th, 2017

The Upside of UnrequitedSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?


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The Upside of Unrequited | Waiting on Wednesday [#50]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli
Series: Standalone
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: April 11th 2017

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The Upside of UnrequitedSeventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him.

Right?

Why I’m Waiting

I fell in love with Albertalli’s first book so much so that will give any book she puts out now a chance. Although this sounds nothing like her first one, I am still excited to read it!

P.S. Becky Albertalli is the author of Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.


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Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor | REVIEW

reviewsStrange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on March 28th 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Pages: 544
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

Strange the DreamerThe dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? and if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Hachette Book Group Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.


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CHARACTERS 🌟🌟🌟🌟      WORLD 🌟🌟🌟🌟

WRITING 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     ROMANCE 🌟🌟🌟


Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor is a fantastical world where gods have come to rule over the people. Centuries of oppression and heinous actions led to the slaughter of the gods, but some of the godspawn remain. Now it is up to our hero, Lazlo, to figure out a way to get rid of the last what they left behind.

My Likes

Fantastical World Building

It’s been a long time since I was so enamored by a fantasy. Strange the Dreamer was so beautifully built that I was in awe. From the mesmerizing descriptions to the extensive history of Weep, Taylor manages to capture her world in the imaginations of her readers.

Like the title of the book, I felt like I was dreaming while I was reading it. It was so magical how she was able to capture the beauty of ones wildest fantasies and put it into words.

I quite enjoyed the city of Weep. It’s been stuck in the shadows of the citadel for so long that it’s been wiped out of all the memories of the world by those gods. I can’t wait to find out what else is in store for us readers.

Complex Plot

The plot of Strange the Dreamer was so complex that I did have trouble following it at first. But once things started to become clearer, I couldn’t help but be swept up into the mysteries of the Weep. This book is equal bits humorous, sorrowful, joyful, and magical.

Taylor did a fantastic job putting this all together on page. Everything about it felt so real in my mind. Even when I was trying to poke holes in the plot at some points, Taylor was ten steps ahead and addressed everything I thought didn’t add up. I was quite surprised at that!

 

Beautiful Writing / Characterizations

Strange the Dreamer wouldn’t have been as magical and real as it was if it wasn’t for the exceptional writing. There is such a fantastical element to Taylor’s writing that keeps the reader in awe from start to finish. The way she puts sentences and paragraphs together just shows she is a master at her craft.

Everything that she wrote served a purpose. It wasn’t just beautiful and lyrical; it meant something. Taylor created characters that we can all identify with, even if we don’t have the blue skin to match. Lazlo and Sarai were both very much human in every aspect. They just wanted to live and to love like everyone else. I found their scenes together to be remarkably beautiful.

 

My Dislikes

Rough Start

I found it significantly hard to get into for the first section of Strange the Dreamer. I was confused at parts, and bored at others. I wish it was a little more streamlined from beginning to end. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through it at first, but luckily things began to pick up once they made it to Weep.

I understand Taylor was just trying to set up her story, but it got lost on me.


I highly recommend this one if you like fantastical worlds, gods with powers, and intricate plots. Let me know what you guys thought of Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

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Author 150Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing.

Weekly Cover Reveal Recap | March 20 – March 26

Weekly Cover RevealsHey guys!

Here are the covers that were revealed during the week of March 20 – March 26. Click the author to hop on over to their GoodReads page to add it to you’re TBR!

This was a big week for reveals. Hope ya’ll enjoy.

FANTASY / SCI-FI

That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston

Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers

October 3rd 2017

That Inevitable Victorian ThingSet in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire’s greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.

Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (The Nevernight Chronicles #2)

Published by Thomas Dunne Books

September 5th 2017

GodsgraveAssassin Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church ministry think she’s far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she’s no closer to ending Consul Scaeva and Cardinal Duomo, or avenging her familia. And after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia begins to suspect the motives of the Red Church itself.

When it’s announced that Scaeva and Duomo will be making a rare public appearance at the conclusion of the grand games in Godsgrave, Mia defies the Church and sells herself to a gladiatorial collegium for a chance to finally end them. Upon the sands of the arena, Mia finds new allies, bitter rivals, and more questions about her strange affinity for the shadows. But as conspiracies unfold within the collegium walls, and the body count rises, Mia will be forced to choose between loyalty and revenge, and uncover a secret that could change the very face of her world.

The Castaways by Jessika Fleck

Published by Entangled TEEN

April 3rd 2017

The CastawaysThe Castaway Carnival: fun, mysterious, dangerous.

Renowned for its infamous corn maze…and the kids who go missing in it.

When Olive runs into the maze, she wakes up on an isolated and undetectable island where a decades-long war between two factions of rival teens is in full swing.

Trapped, Olive must slowly attempt to win each of her new comrades’ hearts as Will—their mysterious, stoically quiet, and handsome leader—steals hers.

Olive is only sure about one thing: her troop consists of the good guys, and she’ll do whatever it takes to help them win the war and get back home.

CONTEMPORARY

The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed

Published by Simon Pulse

October 10th 2017

The Nowhere GirlsWho are the Nowhere Girls?

They’re everygirl. But they start with just three:

Grace Salter is the new girl in town, whose family was run out of their former community after her southern Baptist preacher mom turned into a radical liberal after falling off a horse and bumping her head.

Rosina Suarez is the queer punk girl in a conservative Mexican immigrant family, who dreams of a life playing music instead of babysitting her gaggle of cousins and waitressing at her uncle’s restaurant.

Erin Delillo is obsessed with two things: marine biology and Star Trek: The Next Generation, but they aren’t enough to distract her from her suspicion that she may in fact be an android.

When Grace learns that Lucy Moynihan, the former occupant of her new home, was run out of town for having accused the popular guys at school of gang rape, she’s incensed that Lucy never had justice. For their own personal reasons, Rosina and Erin feel equally deeply about Lucy’s tragedy, so they form an anonymous group of girls at Prescott High to resist the sexist culture at their school, which includes boycotting sex of any kind with the male students.

Us Kids Know by J.J. Strong

Published by Razorbill

October 24th 2017

Us Kids KnowWe all knew about Cullen Hickson.

Siblings Brielle and Ray O’Dell are lost. Anxious. Restless. Bullied at his Catholic school for being small and timid, Ray wants to be someone people respect or, even better, someone people fear. Meanwhile, Brielle—whose “popular” status feels tenuous at best—knows that something is off about her friendship with the shiny, happy, sophisticated blond girls on her field hockey team. They don’t really understand Bri, and if Bri is being totally honest, she doesn’t really understand them either.

When storied delinquent Cullen Hickson enters the orbit of the O’Dell siblings, though, everything changes. Brielle and Ray find an alluring, addictive outlet in Cullen, who opens their eyes to a world they didn’t know existed. For Ray, that means experiencing the singular thrill of small-time crime—from breaking and entering to grand theft auto—while Brielle quickly dives into an all-consuming romance with the enigmatic upperclassman.

But as Brielle and Ray find themselves more and more entwined with Cullen’s antics, the once-thrilling experiences begin to feel increasingly dangerous, culminating in a life-changing event that shakes the teens to their core.

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Published by Swoon Reads

January 23rd 2018

Let's Talk About LoveAlice is secretly asexual, and that’s the least important thing about her.

She’s a college student, has a great job, amazing friends, and is fine being single—nope, that’s a lie. Alice wants rom com-grade romance: feels, cuddling, kissing, and swoons galore—as long as it doesn’t lead to having sex.

After her last relationship ends with soul-crushing parting words from her ex, Alice swears off relationships for good. Stick a fork in her, she’s done. Everyone Alice tries to date is so sure love and sex have to go together, and there doesn’t seem to be any way to convince them otherwise.

But when Alice experiences instant attraction for the first time with her coworker Takumi, she doesn’t know what to do. If Alice tells him the truth, it can only end in heartache. But there’s something about Takumi that makes him worth the risk…

All the Forever Things by Jolene Perry

Published by Albert Whitman & Company

April 1st 2017

30201517Nothing is forever. Gabe knows that more than most girls. After all, she lives in a funeral home (it’s the family business), and she gets that everything in the world dies eventually – people, rumors, fashion trends, the nickname “Graveyard Gabe.” But her best friend, Bree, has been a constant in her life; it’s always been the two of them together. Until Bree starts seeing a guy who stands for everything Gabe thought they were against. How could Bree change her mind and go for someone like Bryce Johnson?

Now Gabe doesn’t know who her friend is anymore. And the only person who seems to have time for her is Hartman, the new guy, who is somehow not weirded out by the funeral home stuff (well, a little). Still, Gabe doesn’t want to lose her mind over a guy the way Bree has, so she holds back.

But a very strange prom night (driving the family hearse instead of a limo) will change what Gabe knows about friendship, love, life, and everything that comes after – forever and otherwise.

COVER REVEALS WITHOUT SYNOPSIS

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater

Inevitable and Only by Lisa Rosinsky


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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See | REVIEW

reviewsThe Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Published by Scribner on March 21st 2017
Genres: Fiction, Historical
Pages: 384
Format: ARC

LINKS: Good Reads | Amazon | Indigo | Book Depository

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird LaneLi-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. There is ritual and routine, and it has been ever thus for generations. Then one day a jeep appears at the village gate—the first automobile any of them have seen—and a stranger arrives.

In this remote Yunnan village, the stranger finds the rare tea he has been seeking and a reticent Akha people. In her biggest seller, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, See introduced the Yao people to her readers. Here she shares the customs of another Chinese ethnic minority, the Akha, whose world will soon change. Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, translates for the stranger and is among the first to reject the rules that have shaped her existence. When she has a baby outside of wedlock, rather than stand by tradition, she wraps her daughter in a blanket, with a tea cake hidden in her swaddling, and abandons her in the nearest city.

After mother and daughter have gone their separate ways, Li-yan slowly emerges from the security and insularity of her village to encounter modern life while Haley grows up a privileged and well-loved California girl. Despite Haley’s happy home life, she wonders about her origins; and Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. They both search for and find answers in the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for generations.

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4 Stars

** Received an ARC from Simon & Schuster Canada for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion at all. Thank you!! **

First Line:

“No coincidence, no story,” my a-ma recites, and that seems to settle everything, as it usually does, after First Brother finishes telling us about the dream he had last night.


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The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See is a historical fiction about the love of a mother/daughter, adoption, cultural customs, and most importantly tea! This one was a bit out of my element and typical reading genre, but I thought I would give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised!

My Likes

Cultural Diversity

What I found the most eye opening about The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane was everything we get to learn about the Akha people of the Yunnan village. The majority of the villagers make a living from harvesting tea leaves. These are a people that are heavily ruled by superstitions and strict customs. So when Li-yan, our main protagonist has a baby out of wedlock, she must stay hidden and eventually give the baby up for a adoption or risk banishment.

See does a great job with the research it must have taken to put this all together. Weaving two very different stories about culture and diversity is a great feat!

Beautiful Writing

There was an immensely lyrical prose to the writing of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane. It has beautiful descriptions and the writing of it was quite immersive. Everything about the way See wrote this book seemed quite authentic and created a unique cultural tone that you don’t find very often when reading.

From beginning to end the prose was able to keep me engaged and wanting to know more about the culture and customs of the Akha people!

Tea Talk!

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane is heavily influenced by tea. Not just any tea though, but Pu’re’ tea. I found it immensely fascinating to learn so much about tea that I didn’t know before reading this book. We get to learn about the growing of tea leaves in the Yunnan village, as well as tea customs and traditions such as serving the tea and the economical effects it has on the Akha  people.

See must have done a great deal of research on this subject and it truly reflects in the way she incorporated it into the story!

My Dislikes

Lagging Pace

Towards the middle of the story things started to drag a bit at a snails pace. There were areas of the story that I began to skim because I felt they didn’t add anything major to the overall story line.

Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane!


I highly recommend this one if you want to broaden your reading horizons with more culture and diversity you wouldn’t normally get from the young adult genre. Let me know what you guys thought of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See! I would love to hear your opinions as well!

Until next time,

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Lisa SeeLisa See was born in Paris but grew up in Los Angeles. She lived with her mother, but spent a lot of time with her father’s family in Chinatown. Her first book, On Gold Mountain: The One Hundred Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family (1995), was a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book. The book traces the journey of Lisa’s great-grandfather, Fong See, who overcame obstacles at every step to become the 100-year-old godfather of Los Angeles’s Chinatown and the patriarch of a sprawling family.

Blacklist | Waiting on Wednesday [#49]

Waiting on Wednesday

Hey guys!

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights highly anticipated upcoming releases.

So here’s what I’m waiting on this week!


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Author: Alyson Noel
Series: Beautiful Idols #2
Genre: YA, Mystery
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: April 4th 2017

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BlacklistLayla Harrison has finally found herself in the middle of a celebrity story worth reporting. Aster Amirpour’s name is in every tabloid—even if it isn’t the good kind of publicity she hoped for. Tommy Phillips is inches away from getting the girl of his dreams, which may be harder than scoring a VIP ticket to an Unrivaled nightclub.

But Layla, Aster and Tommy never imagined it would be because they’re entangled in the disappearance of Madison Brooks—a story that’s blinded the world like a starlet blinded by the flash of a paparazzi camera.
Now, Layla is receiving mysterious messages from an anonymous source, Aster’s looming murder trial is so huge even her parents’ lawyer can’t save her, Tommy is retracing his steps as the last person Madison saw alive, and Layla’s ex Mateo finds himself lured into the fold.

You can dig up dirt about celebrities that the tabloids miss if you search long enough. But when Layla, Aster, and Tommy team up with an unsuspecting insider to unearth the truth, they’ll find that some secrets are best kept in the grave.

Why I’m Waiting

I love me some trashy Hollywood/celebrity/reality tv-esque books. Unrivaled, the first book hooked me with all the drama last year and I can’t wait to see the mystery further unravel for me!

P.S. Alyson Noel is the author of The Immortals and The Soul Seekers series.


What has you guys waiting this week? Let me know down below!

Until next time,

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